Camping in Tennessee soars during pandemic

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) – Camping over the last two months at Tennessee State Parks has reached record highs, according to state officials.



a tent in a field: Tennessee State Parks Camping Sees Record Occupancy in October, New November High


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Tennessee State Parks Camping Sees Record Occupancy in October, New November High

In October, the parks saw 62,124 nights of camping. That number is a record high for camping stays. The previous record of 57,472 nights was set in June 2020. November saw more than 36,000 camping nights sold. The previous record for November was 15,000 in 2019.

“The impact of COVID-19 simply underscores a growing awareness that the outdoors are a sanctuary for mental and physical health,” Jim Bryson, deputy commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, said. “The appeal of louder, busier, and crowded entertainment venues has given way to the space, freedom and connection the outdoors provide.”

The pandemic has increased outdoor recreation leading to record numbers.

Tennessee

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Carnival Cruise cancels more cruises due to ongoing pandemic

Carnival Cruise Line announces it is canceling more sailings due to the pandemic.

The cruise line says itineraries from Port Canaveral, Galveston, and Miami scheduled for February are now canceled.

Carnival also announced its newest ship named ‘Mardi Gras’ will not sail its inaugural sailing until April 24, 2021.

Carnival’s cancelations come as Norwegian canceled all the sailings thru the end of February and the majority of its March voyages.

Celebrity Cruises will not sail until at least March to sail with Regent Seven Seas not sailing until April.

Royal Caribbean Group also canceled all sailings through the end of February, with the exception of a handful of Royal Caribbean cruises in Asia, which will be open to local residents only.

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Pandemic hangs over every decision

In a year of constant uncertainty, where decisions are painstakingly considered and often reversed, holiday travel is no exception.



a group of people standing in front of a screen: Travelers walk through Newark International Airport on November 21, 2020 in Newark, New Jersey. - Current US numbers -- more than a quarter of a million deaths have been reported -- have alarmed authorities enough to advise that people stay home for the November 26 Thanksgiving holiday, when Americans usually travel to be with their families. (Photo by Kena Betancur / AFP) (Photo by KENA BETANCUR/AFP via Getty Images)


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Travelers walk through Newark International Airport on November 21, 2020 in Newark, New Jersey. – Current US numbers — more than a quarter of a million deaths have been reported — have alarmed authorities enough to advise that people stay home for the November 26 Thanksgiving holiday, when Americans usually travel to be with their families. (Photo by Kena Betancur / AFP) (Photo by KENA BETANCUR/AFP via Getty Images)

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued guidance on Thursday urging Americans not to travel for Thanksgiving. But millions of people are still planning to travel over the holiday week.

On Friday, the number of travelers screened at US airport security checkpoints topped 1 million for only the second time since March, according

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Sunday saw the most travelers pass through US airports since the pandemic began as Americans bucked CDC warnings against Thanksgiving travel



a group of people in a room: Travelers at New York's LaGuardia Airport. AP Photo/John Minchillo


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Travelers at New York’s LaGuardia Airport. AP Photo/John Minchillo

  • Over 1.1 million travelers flew on Sunday, breaking a record for pandemic travel for daily passengers not seen since March.
  • Thanksgiving was largely successful in getting more flyers in the air as over 15 million passengers flew between November 19 and November 29, according to the Transportation Security Administration.
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned against Thanksgiving travel but over a third of Americans told Insider that the guidance didn’t change their plans. 
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The Transportation Security Administration is reporting that a record-breaking 1,176,091 passengers traveled by air on Sunday, likely returning home after the Thanksgiving holiday. It’s the first time since March 16 that daily traffic numbers have been that high.

Thanksgiving encouraged more people to fly following a lackluster summer for airlines, TSA statistics show.

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The year of no vacation: Take time off during a pandemic? Workers say, ‘Why bother?’

Most years, Zelia Padilha tries to take one big vacation, a trip she can plan for and look forward to. This year, the destination was going to be Italy.

“For a brief period of time, we even considered going.” She laughs a little as she says it. That was early on in the pandemic, before anybody understood the sort of year that lay ahead.

She and her husband moved to Oakland from Brazil a year ago, and they also hoped to get out, see the country. Instead, she canceled all those plans and has spent the year becoming a “terrible workaholic.” Never mind vacations, now Padilha — like many others working from home — struggles to take any time off at all.

“I’m almost all the time at my work computer,” Padilha said. “Home just becomes the office nonstop. There’s no more boundaries; you’re always available.”

For a considerable chunk

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Why are there vacation rental permits during a pandemic? | Letter

After reading the Nov. 18 story “An Interview with Vacation Rental Work Group Vice-Chair,” I was surprised to discover that the county is still accepting vacation rental applications.

Yes, accepting, processing and approving them in the midst of the deadliest pandemic of the last century. While numerous health officials, civic leaders and politicians are advising us not to travel for the holidays, the county is issuing permits for more visitors to come here. Does that strike you as odd? It’s as if I just stumbled into some sci-fi horror flick where the virus has turned county workers into COVID-loving zombies. How can this be?

Maybe I am being unfair. Maybe they aren’t COVID-loving. Maybe the county is just, you know, in a rut. Inertia/bureaucracy can make it difficult for local governments to respond to fast-moving threats. That, I suppose, is the kind of explanation.

Another explanation involves money. Follow the

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Arsenal plan to distribute tickets to key workers and fans who have struggled during the pandemic – Ghana Latest Football News, Live Scores, Results

Arsenal are planning to distribute tickets to key workers and fans who have struggled during the pandemic after being given the green light to play in front of supporters.

The Gunners will be allowed 2,000 fans at the Emirates after London was placed in Tier 2 this week.

It will be the first Premier League stadium to welcome back fans when Arsenal face Rapid Vienna in the Europa League on Thursday. And Burnley’s trip to the Emirates next month will be Arsenal’s first home league game with fans.

Spurs confirmed 2,000 fans would be allowed to attend next week’s north London derby with tickets available via a ballot.

Tickets will be split between season ticket holders and corporate fans, though the final breakdown is yet to be confirmed.

The requirement to make tickets available for commercial partners and premium-seat holders is one of the reasons clubs were hoping fans would

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Grand Strand vacation rental property bookings see holiday week increase despite pandemic

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WMBF) – If it has felt bit busier along the Grand Strand this holiday week to you, you may be right.



a house with trees in the background: Rental home in North Myrtle Beach. (Source: WMBF News)


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Rental home in North Myrtle Beach. (Source: WMBF News)

Grand Strand vacation rental property bookings have seen an increase this holiday week despite the COVID-19 pandemic, or maybe because of it.

Amid calls from public health officials to forgo large family gatherings this Thanksgiving holiday due to the ongoing pandemic, the Grand Strand is seeing an increase bookings of vacation rental properties.

Results of a recent survey from the Clay Brittain Jr. Center for Resort Tourism at Coastal Carolina University show reservations of vacation rental properties along the Grand Strand from Nov. 21 to Nov. 27 are up more than 5% compared to the 2019 Thanksgiving week.

According to the survey, 65.2% of area vacation rental properties were booked for

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How to get a Black Friday travel deal during the pandemic

You can plan your next great escape, even in turbulent travel times. 

Hotels and cruise lines are offering Black Friday deals after the travel industry took a major blow during coronavirus shutdowns earlier this year. 

More hotels and travel booking companies are offering deals up to 75% on Black Friday with free cancelllations during COVID-19. (iStock). 

More hotels and travel booking companies are offering deals up to 75% on Black Friday with free cancelllations during COVID-19. (iStock). 

A number of budget booking websites are slashing prices of hotels and resorts across the United States and in the Caribbean. And with flexible cancellation policies during the pandemic with the uncertainty of travel restrictions amid spiking cases, experts say there’s no financial risk to booking now, even if you have to back out later. 

“Make sure to prioritize flexibility alongside price this year. Look for airline and lodging deals that have waived change and cancellation fees, should plans change,” Kelly Soderlund, a travel trends expert with travel app TripIt, tells Fox.

“Many travel

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Travel Insurance During Coronavirus Pandemic: What To Know

“It was a pretty quick and nimble reaction,” Mr. Sandberg of TravelInsurance.com said.

Normally, travel insurance varies by factors including the age of the traveler, destination, trip length and cost (most range from 4 to 10 percent of the trip cost). But some destinations are providing it at a flat fee, with most policies spelling out coverage limits and terms for emergency medical services, evacuation and costs associated with quarantines.

Jamaica, which will require insurance, but has not said when the new rule will go into effect, plans to charge $40 for each traveler. The Bahamas will include the insurance in the cost of its Travel Health Visa, an application that requires negative Covid-19 test results, which runs $40 to $60 depending on length of stay (free for children 10 and younger). The Turks and Caicos is offering a policy for $9.80 a day, and Costa Rica’s policies, if purchased

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